Tag: stigma

Playgrounds for Elders: A Great Idea with a Horrible Name

Several years ago, I visited my great aunt who had recently moved into a nursing home. I was accompanied by my father and uncle, neither of which was very, um, enthusiastic about the potential indignities of long-term care. As we wound our way through the old hallways, we found we could walk through the dining... Read more »

Korean War Medic with Dementia Still Cares for His Fellow Soldier

Several months ago, I told you what my grandma taught me about dementia; namely, that there’s still a person in there, even in the very latest stages of the disease. A Korean War combat medic named Augie Angerame has taught us the same thing. You see, Augie’s dementia has progressed to the point that he... Read more »

When I am an Alzheimer’s advocate, I shall wear purple…

This Friday, September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. What, you say? Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just have a “national” day – it’s actually got a “world” day? That’s right. And it should, considering that according to the Alzheimer’s Association, 35 million people around the world and their families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related... Read more »

How Stigma Makes Alzheimer’s More Difficult for Everyone

Date: Summer of 1995 Place: Jefferson County, Colorado Setting:  Inside one of the many nursing homes I visited as a mental health consultant Rosemary* had a grand time at the outing to the minor league baseball game. I knew this because as soon as I entered the facility, she walked up to me with a... Read more »

Share Your Opinion on the Stigma of Dementia with Alzheimer’s Disease International

Calling all caregivers and persons with dementia! Have you ever felt stigmatized because you or your loved one has dementia? Do you feel that your family is treated with respect, dignity, and acceptance in the context of your loved one’s disease? Do you have adequate opportunities to access the resources you need to provide dementia... Read more »